Hôtel du Temps is a pioneer in the art of the small, affordable and chic boutique hotel in an authentic Parisian neighborhood, a concept that’s caught on like wildfire. Set in a handsome 19th-century building, across from a leafy park, the hotel offers guests a warm welcome and a spot-on décor, punctuated with flea market finds in streamlined, functional rooms.
Painted floors and white walls in spare, immaculate rooms make a nice minimalist backdrop for fifties retro-style furnishings and splashes of vivid color in curtains, throw pillows, shams and upholstery. Pleasantly cozy rooms are flooded with light from big windows—some overlooking the park—and sport large beds done up in high-quality linens.
The top-floor suite's hand-hewn beams, atelier windows and deep whirlpool bath (perfect for two) lend the room a romance for special occasions.
Though spotless and streamlined, baths are small, some even tiny, with showers or bath (or a whirlpool in the top-floor suite) and upscale Aesop toiletries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If privacy is an issue, beware, windows between the room and bathroom amount to total exposure.
The cozy lobby breakfast room, with views on the street from a large picture window, is a charming spot to sit with a newspaper or take afternoon tea or a glass of wine.
Just steps from the Poissonière metro station, where line 7 takes you direct to stops near Île Saint-Louis, Notre Dame and the Marais; 5-minutes to Gare du Nord and Gare du l’Est, where you’ll find several more metro and RER lines as well as bus lines.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Style conscious people appreciate the finer details and we do too, especially on a budget. Hotel du Temps’ creative use of space, whimsical accents and quality linens and bath products, not to mention charming common areas that encourage loitering, make all the difference. Plus, we really love this neighborhood.